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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 5 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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Making A Sunbonnet or Straw Hat

By Amber | May 26, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 4 Lesson 3: Making A Sunbonnet or Straw Hat Practical Living All ages  Make a sunbonnet or straw hat. Depending on your abilities, you may need some assistance. This is a great time to practice sewing skills and braiding skills. Older children, get creative and come up with your own designs!  Math All…

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Keeping Cool on the Homestead

By Amber | May 26, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 4 Lesson 2: Keeping Cool on the Homestead Science All ages  Discover how sweating cools your body. Experiment with different areas when it is hot outside. Make a chart and record the temperature of the main floor of your house, the basement and upstairs (if you have them), the barn, the shade of…

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Mowing The Lawn

By Amber | May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 4 Lesson 1: Mowing & Trimming the Lawn Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Make 26 blades of grass out of construction paper. Write a letter of the alphabet on each and have your child put the grass alphabet in letter order. Have your child write the letters of their name on your paper grass blades.…

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Setting Up The Campsite

By Amber | May 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 3 Lesson 3: Setting Up a Campsite Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the word CAMPING. If you have never been camping as a family, have your child tell you about what they think it would be like. If you have, let them tell you what they remember about it.  Grade School/High…

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Setting Up a Tent

By Amber | May 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 3 Lesson 2: Setting Up a Tent Practical Living All ages  Learn to set up and take down tents. If your family doesn’t have a tent, maybe a friend does? Or you can watch the videos in the Printables. Practice looking at campsites and determining the best place to put a tent.   >>>…

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Camping: Getting Ready to Go

By Amber | May 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 3 Lesson 1: Camping ~ Getting Ready to Go Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the word TENT. Let them practice making the letters in various sizes and have them create a picture of a tent using the four letters. Have them copy some of the words from the camping supply list…

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Survival: Shelter

By Amber | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 2 Lesson 3: Survival ~ Shelter Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the word SHELTER. Help them alphabetize the letters. Have your child tell you a story about finding shelter in the woods.  Grade School/High School  Continue your story from Lesson 1 and 2. Tell about finding shelter and staying in it…

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Survival: Water

By Amber | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 2 Lesson 2: Survival ~ Water Language Arts  Preschool/Kindergarten – Have your child write the word WATER. Help them put the letters in alphabetical order. Assist them in making an acrostic using WATER. After reading the lesson, ask your child to make up a story about being in the wilderness and finding water.…

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Survival: Fire

By Amber | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 2 Lesson 1: Survival ~ Fire Language Arts/Art Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing FIRE. Help them make an acrostic from the word FIRE. They can draw pictures to go with their acrostic.  Grade School/High School  Write a manual about survival fires. Include at least 2 different techniques for building them. Discuss advantages…

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Ponds

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May  Week 1 Lesson 3: Ponds Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Help your child write a poem about ponds. Any style of poem is fine. Have them copy what you wrote or just choose words out of the poem for your child to write. Teach them the vocabulary words.  Printable>>>May Week 1 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Write…

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